Thursday, November 15, 2007
By Barry Burleson
I’m really fed up with these gas prices, and I only live about two miles from the office.
I can only imagine the effect the outrageous prices, which have soared over $3 a gallon this week, are having on long-distance commuters to and from work.
Close to Nowhere
Black tie optional
Formalwear is now the required dress code at our dinner table, thanks to our youngest granddaughter Remy.
Several months ago, we began a “new” routine during breakfast and supper. No longer were we going to eat on wood trays in the living room. We were going back to the dinner table!
The Preacher’s Corner
Recently I pulled a pair of trousers from the back of the closet. They were new pants, but preferring familiar, old clothes, I had never worn them before now. I put them on and was quite proud that I was sporting something new. But “pride goeth before the fall,” and so it was that I discovered to my chagrin that I had gone all over Holly Springs with the price tag still attached!
Did you know that Heritage tourism is the fastest growing sector of the global tourism enterprise? According to the Travel Industry Association of America, Heritage travelers travel longer (5.2 nights vs. 3.4 nights per trip), they spend more money ($623 vs. $457 per trip) and they visit more than one area (41% vs. 30%). Because of this newly recognized phenomenon, many slated projects are underway.
Local author donates first book to local libraries
Washington, D.C. journalist and author Jesse J. Holland announced this week that he has donated copies of his first book, “Black Men Built The Capitol: Discovering African American History In and Around Washington, D.C.,” to libraries at two local schools, Holy Family and H.W. Byers.
Letters to the Editor
Congratulations on producing an outstanding paper each week. I discovered the online edition of The South Reporter a year or so ago and I diligently read it every Thursday morning.
Even though I grew up in Benton County, I attended school in Potts Camp and spent a lot of time in Holly Springs as my father worked in Holly Springs most of his life.
I have been really impressed by the growth of Holly Springs and your paper has been one of the prime motivators of this growth.
Keep up the good work as I really look forward to the news of Holly Springs and Marshall County.
Thanks to farmers:
As president of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, I am constantly concerned about the challenges faced by American farmers during these difficult days. We’re a farming nation. We always have been. The American farmer feeds not only this country that is 301 million strong, but the American farmer feeds the world. And so when we contemplate the problems that farmers face, we must realize that we are dealing with the heart of America and how we all live.
Farmers are my heroes. Farmers face daily challenges regarding weather, markets, and high input costs. They are never deterred by criticism from the media over government subsidies or environmental practices. They just keep doing what only they can do and they do it well. They provide the safest, most abundant, most affordable, and best quality food that can be grown.
Don’t you think it’s time to say thanks to the farmer? After all, we stick our feet under his table every day.
I, for one, give thanks to the farmer, my hero, every day; and at this special time of Thanksgiving, I encourage everyone to do the same. After all, without the farmer, we wouldn’t have food to put on the table or a table to put it on.
May the Lord bless you and your family now and all through the year.
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